Thursday, March 27, 2014

Airport Takes a Chance on the Lottery

Missouri Lottery ticket vending machines will soon be installed in Kansas City International Airport's Terminal B.

The lottery has just finalized the deal with the airport vendor, HMSHost, and expects to have their machines in place sometime in April.

Missouri Lottery spokeswoman, Susan Goedde, feels the agreement provides a win-win situation that will benefit both the lottery and airport visitors.

 "We are very excited about this new partnership with KCI," Goedde said. "We are always looking for new locations to sell our products, and KCI seemed like a perfect fit. We think airport patrons will find it to be a fun and entertaining way to pass the time while they wait for their plane."

KCI officials stress the arrangement is between the lottery and HMSHost, but state the agreement was vetted by the City Hall.

Aviation Department director Mark VanLoh said: "It's another one of those amenities that passengers would like, and we are happy to be able to work with the Missouri Lottery and our concession provider Host."

Winning tickets will be redeemable at any of the airport concessions operated by HMSHost and vendors will be reimbursed by the lottery. When larger jackpots are won HMSHost and the Aviation Department will also take a share of the proceeds.

Goedde said the lottery is unable to estimate what the potential sales may be because the airport is a completely new venue, but said she expected the arrangement to be ' very successful'.